Experience the Wild, Wild, West of Deadwood
The wild, wild west, where horses and cowboys ran free. Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and many other legends all called Deadwood their home and lived free through the small mountain town, tucked snuggly back into the heart of the Black Hills. Their history now has saturated the town and leaves visitors with a history lesson, simply by visiting and walking its Main Street. From viewing the chair that Wild Bill Hickok got shot in to visiting Calamity Jane's chair to experiencing the live shoot out reenactment in the middle of downtown, there is a wide range of things to do in the Wild West heart of the Black Hills. Here is your down and dirty guide to truly experiencing Deadwood.
The ride to Deadwood is picturesque and takes you through rolling hills and twisting canyons. From Sturgis, take Boulder Canyon, or Highway 14. This road will take you straight to Deadwood. The winding, roaring Bear Butte Creek follows you through twists and turns and canyons littered with trees, towering into the sky. Once you get out of the canyon you’ll continue to follow Highway 14 through open valleys allowing you to see the rolling hills beyond. Highway 14 will take you straight into the heart of Deadwood.
Activities When You Get There
There is plenty to see and do once you roll onto the cobblestone streets of Deadwood. Main Street is worth walking up and down, checking out the shops, and gambling in a few casinos. Stop by the Deadwood Tobacco Company, buried beneath the cobblestone of Deadwood. Connected to an old, dark, mining tunnel, Deadwood Tobacco Company houses a state-of-the-art humidor for all of your tobacco needs and otherwise has a bar and room for live music. The smoke filled, dark, and musty atmosphere is the perfect atmosphere for sitting back, puffing on a cigar, and listening to a local band.
Outside and across the street is the Saloon No. 10 with its sawdust covered hardwood floors and live music features. Inside the No. 10 you can also see the chair that Wild Bill Hickok was shot in. History is rich in this bar. Take a short trip up the road and straight up one of Deadwood’s stairway-to-heaven type hills and you’ll reach the Mount Moriah Cemetery where you can see the graves of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, as well as other Deadwood legends.
Places to Eat
If you’re looking to grab some grub while in Deadwood, there are numerous places to stop and check out. Mustang Sally’s is known for the juicy burgers and their sports bar atmosphere. Just a short drive up the hill is Oggy’s Sports Bar inside of the Lodge at Deadwood, which is worth visiting for the views of Deadwood alone. Another town favorite is the Legends Steakhouse, which serves unique and delicious breakfast as well. Take in some more history by visiting Santana’s inside of the Deadwood Mountain Grand, also known to the locals as the old Slime Plant.
There is never a shortage of things to do and see in Deadwood. It is certainly worth a visit. A town for legends, about legends.